It sometimes takes a new signing a while to acclimatise to a new team and a new country. Playing in a new league can take some getting used to, but in the case of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani, the warming up period was not required, and he is already fully up to speed in the Bundesliga.
It is fair to say that Eintracht Frankfurt’s start to the season didn’t go according to plan and there was very little to enjoy about their season opener at home to Bayern Munich as the Europa League winners took on the Bundesliga champions. A 6-1 loss only really had one bright spark- the debut goal for Kolo Muani.
The free signing from Nantes robbed ‘sweeper keeper’ Manuel Neuer on the edge of the box before firing in a consolation. Since then, the 23-year-old has scored two more goals (against Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen), but more impressively contributed eight assists in eleven Bundesliga games. His performances have earned him his first call-ups to the French national team squad, and he recently made his debut against Austria in the Nations League.
Since the stats began back in 1988-89, only four players have provided more ammunition for goals in the Bundesliga than the Frenchman’s eight in eleven matches (Douglas Costa, Thomas Müller, Kevin de Bruyne and Werder Bremen’s Diego).
Ahead of a potentially vital week in the Champions League where his assists will be most welcome, Kolo Muani spoke of his happiness with life at Eintracht. “I feel great. I’ve been really warmly welcomed by the boys. Eintracht is like a new home for me. It’s like a new family that I’ve gained.
“We played well [against Mönchengladbach]. We got off to a good start, our positioning was good, and we deserved to win. The three points are very important for us. The team worked very well. The coach gave us a lot of instructions, which we were able to implement.
“We have to keep working in exactly the same way because every game is so important. Then we’ll continue to have this positive energy that we need. We have to be focused and listen to what the coach says. I’ll do my best to help the team.”